Attested September 1899 – 2nd Battalion East Yorkshire Regiment Queens South Africa Medal clasps Cape Colony Orange Free State and Transvaal – Private 2nd Battalion. D Coy granted Class 2 @ 5d. service Pay dated 1 October 1906 – Private 2nd Battalion. D Coy Service Pay granted Class 2 6 October 1906 – 2nd Battalion Granted 1st Good Conduct Badge 18 July 1907 – 2nd Battalion 2nd class shot D Coy January 1908 – Medal Index Card entered France 2 November 1914 – East Yorkshire Regiment Posted wounded Snapper September 1916 – East Yorkshire Regiment Posted Missing and Wounded Snapper October 1916 – Previously reported Wounded now reported Killed Snapper November/December 1916 – Photograph – From the Diary of Brigadier General Headlam General Officer Commanding 64th Brigade –
On the 1st of July the Brigade went through to its objective, and was able to hold on there. The casualties were very heavy, and Lieutenant Colonel Stow died of his wounds. When I reached the captured position I found very few officers left. Willis, however, was hard at work, and I told him to go and take charge of the left flank, which was in obvious danger, owing to failure of troops in the next Division. Major Saunders came up that night, and took over command. I fear it was rather hard on him when, next day, I had to take Willis, his Adjutant, as Brigade Major, vice Captain Bosanquet, who had been killed. We had captured a field gun, got our objective, and held it, and the 64th Brigade was the only Brigade on the whole battle front north of Fricourt which did this. The Battalion took a very prominent part in this achievement, and may well be proud of the 1st July, 1916. H.R.H.